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Next, this book and all of the books have such a well done system of government, politics and religion mixed into the fantasy stories. All of the interactions make you think and reflect. The books seem to be quite good about not trying to influence your leanings, but they do effectively show the problems with extremes at both ends of all spectrums.
The characters are great. You really learn to care about them and you really get to know what makes them tick. And the depth of interactions in this world are very fulfilling as a reader. I will keep reading every new book that Barnum writes. I am looking forward to what is coming next out of his pipeline.
As general housekeeping for anyone who hasn't read Dar Tania (which I would recommend reading before this book; it's really good and only about 100 pages), Malcor's Story, or Bomoki's Gate yet, Eric Barnum's novels are based in a swords-and-sorcery universe whose basic elements will be familiar to any fantasy fan acquainted with Tolkien and his descendants, especially Dragonlance Chronicles and Dungeons & Dragons. However, Barnum's treatment of those elements is deeply unique, and in many cases richer and better thought out than his forebears.
Compared to Barnum's previous works, Dar Tania 2 seems to reinforce his strengths as an author - fans used to his slam-bang action scenes will find plenty to enjoy here - while shoring up some of his deficiencies. Notably, there's an organic-feeling expansion of vocabulary and less repetition here compared to Malcor's Story, and the pacing is fantastic: this book absolutely zips from start to finish. (And that finish is powerful and moving.)
Four stars and a strong recommendation for this exciting and powerful story.
(Full disclosure: I'm personally acquainted with the author and served as a draft reader and informal editor for this book. However, I received no remuneration or consideration for my review, and have absolutely no financial stake in it.)
So much happens in this story that you force yourself to read it slowly, savoring every page like a delicious morsel. I was glad, too, to see characters from the previous title return, as they were who drew me to the saga to begin with. Still, Set's Dream let's other characters take center stage a little more readily, and they were just as compelling. I would definitely recommend this to other fantasy lovers.
Definitely some thought provoking paradigms, and ones that have a strong theme through all of his writing. What happens when 'an evil' society becomes the defenders of freedom? What lengths will you go to to save someone you love? What sacrifices are you personally prepared to make to better yourself and your country? What sacrifices are you willing to make on behalf of others... and when have you gone too far?
Definitely one of the most enjoyable reads to date, and I'd highly suggest picking up a copy!
While many characters genuinely struck me, I'd say the Brook and Fist pair were my favorites, and I'd love to read either a short story or a novel focusing on these two!